Saturday, August 24, 2019

DLT seeking submissions for one-act plays

We are happy to announce that we are now accepting play submissions for DLT's Winter Holiday One-Act Festival

 The only submission requirement is that the play be thematically based around the winter holiday, and have a run time of approximately 10min to 40min

Please submit your play to with the subject line "Winter Holiday One-act Festival"
Include as a cover page: play title, playwright, number of characters

We will be accepting submissions up to October 15th

*Submissions are non-contractual. Licensing and royalty fees are waived for presented shows in DLT's Winter Holiday One-Act Festival, 2019
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HACKETTSTOWN, NJ – Centenary Stage Company, a professional not-for-profit theatre company in residency on the campus of Centenary University in Hackettstown, NJ approximately 50 miles west of NYC, will be holding auditions for its Family Holiday Spectacular Beauty and the Beast! Auditions will be held Saturday, September 14th from 6 to 9PM and Sunday, September 15th from 1 to 5PM in the Lackland Center Dance Studio at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ 07840. Call backs, if needed, will be on Monday, September 16th from 3 to 6PM. No appointment is necessary. All roles are available. Those attending should bring sheet music and prepare a song appropriate to the material. An accompanist will be provided. Auditioning talent may also be asked to read from the script. Sides will be provided. Also, be prepared to move if a dance call is required. Rehearsals begin September 29th. Performances are from November 29th to December 15th. For more details on Beauty and the Beast, visit or call the box office at (908) 979 – 0900.
Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, an international sensation that played a remarkable 13-year run on Broadway and has been produced in 37 countries worldwide. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. The original Broadway production ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.
                For more information or to get tickets, visit or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5 PM and two hours prior to all performances. The Centenary Stage Company box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center on the campus of Centenary University at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ. Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Like and follow to receive the latest in CSC news and special offers.
The 2019-2020 season of performing arts events at the Centenary Stage Company is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the Sandra Kupperman Foundation, Zonta Morristown Chapter and CSC corporate sponsors, including Season Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community, The House of the Good Shepherd, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Medical Center with Atlantic Health System, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), and Fulton Bank, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.            

Holmdel sets 2019/2020 schedule

Holmdel Theatre Company
2019/2020 Season
We are thrilled to finally announce the lineup for our 2019/2020 season!
Little Women the Musical
Little Women the Musical
November 8 - November 24, 2019
By Allan Knee, Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, Music by Jason Howland
Director TBA
Musical Director Randy Hurst
Based on the classic book penned by Louisa May Alcott, Little Women the Musical follows the four March sisters and their beloved Marmee in Concord, Massachusetts while their father serves in the Union Army at the crux of the Civil War. Nominated for Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards, Little Women the Musical is a heartwarming story of love and family guaranteed to bring laughter, tears, and lift your spirits during this cozy time of year. Announcing auditions SOON!
The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail
The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail
March 13 - March 28, 2020
By Robert E. Lee and Jerome Lawrence
Director Tom Frascatore
Based on the early life of main character Henry David Thoreau, The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail follows the events leading up to the night Thoreau spent in a Concord, Massachusetts jail after refusing to pay a poll tax which he thought would pay for a war he opposed. Speaking to today's concerns, The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail is a story of trying times, civil disobedience, unwanted war, and man vs. nature.
Ah, Wilderness!
Ah, Wilderness!
July 10 - July 26, 2020
By Eugene O'Neill
Director Kirk White
It is the Fourth of July in a small town in Connecticut, and high school Valedictorian Richard Miller is in the throws of his romantic woes. Facing disapproval at home and on the outs with his girl, Richard drowns his sorrows and sets out on a drunken bender, with hilarity hot on his heels. A feel-good, coming-of-age comedy, Ah, Wilderness! is a sentimental tale of a young man's trials, tribulations, and indiscretions in turn-of-the-century America.
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Open House at Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts


BERKELEY HEIGHTS—Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts (WIPA) will host a Fall Open House on Friday, September 6 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. The free event is open to the public and will be held at the Performing Arts School (PAS) located at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights.

As New Jersey’s largest independent non-profit community performing arts education center, Wharton’s Performing Arts School offers individual instruction for all ages and abilities on all instruments and voice; Out of the Box Music for ages 3-5; Pathways to Music for ages 4.5 to 7; a continuum of Musical Theater Arts and Drama classes starting at age 3; and an Adult Division. The open house will feature tours of the music school’s 22 teaching studios, state-of-the-art recording studio, and 100-seat black box theater, as well as demo classes centered around program offerings. Light refreshments will be served. A $25 discount will be offered on all enrollments taken at the Open House. For more information visit

The Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts’ mission is to provide the highest quality performing arts education to a wide range of students in a supportive and inclusive environment, where striving for personal excellence inspires and connects those we teach to the communities we serve.

Wharton is New Jersey’s largest independent non-profit community performing arts education center serving over 1,500 students through a range of classes and ensembles including the 15 ensembles of the New Jersey Youth Symphony, which serve 500 students in grades 3 – 12 by audition. Beginning with Out of the Box Music and Pathways classes for young children, Wharton offers private lessons, group classes, and ensembles for all ages and all abilities at the Performing Arts School. With the belief in the positive and unifying influence of music and the performing arts and that arts education should be accessible to all people regardless of their ability to pay, Wharton teaches all instruments and voice and has a robust musical theater program. Based in Paterson, New Jersey, the Paterson Music Project is an El Sistema-inspired program of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts that uses music as a vehicle for social change by empowering and inspiring children through the community experience of ensemble learning and playing.

Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts is located in Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Paterson, NJ and reaches students from 10 counties. All of Wharton’s extraordinary faculty members and conductors hold degrees in their teaching specialty and have been vetted and trained to enable our students to achieve their personal best.

'A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant' at Art House in Jersey City

  Unattended Baggage and Art House Productions presents a darkly funny and entertaining evening featuring the songs of the award-winning cult classic A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant, an unforgettable celebration of Kyle Jarrow’s (with material by Alex Timbers) brilliant reenvisioning of a traditional Christmas pageant featuring E-Meters, Xenu, and L. Ron Hubbard’s Dianetics. Experience incredible songs such as “Hey! It’s A Happy Day,” ''Science Of The Mind,” and “Rain” like never before! Featuring an all-star cast of fine young talent from Broadway and New Jersey, this will be an unforgettable, Scientology-packed experience at Art House. This hit musical won the OBIE Award in 2004 during its Off-Broadway run, and it’s the first time the musical has been staged in the garden state by Director/Executive Producer/Costume Designer and Mountain Lakes native Sean Pollock; Choreographer/Producer Vanessa Berry of Rumson, and owner/founder of Kick Dance Studios with locations in Rumson and Fair Haven. Featuring music direction by Lauren Brancato of Middletown with Stage Management/Lighting Design/Scenic Design by Jak Prince of Totowa. 
“Growing up in Mountain Lakes, there was no shortage of opportunities to perform as a child,” says Director Pollock. “Some of my favorite productions I did were at The Darress Theatre in Boonton, Brundage Park Playhouse in Randolph, and the now defunct Sandcastle Kids out of Parsippany in a show about bullying called The New Kid performed across the tristate area and eventually had a limited run at The York Theatre Off-Broadway. It’s really exciting to be bringing this show back to my home state as an homage to the children’s theatre I used to do that’s totally formed the artist I am today.” Director Pollock said. 
“The show has a lot of layers to it that spoke to me as a former child actor. Speaking from experience, many times children aren’t cognizant of the material that they’re performing, they’re just simply repeating what they’re told to say, hit their marks, and look like a deer in headlights, in the same way that people who are brainwashed act. Kyle has brilliantly found a parallel in cult mentality and children's theatre that all cumulates in hilarious levels of awkward, forced pageantry that kids’ shows always seem to have. The appeal of the play is that it somehow manages to be existential, funny, sad, and creepy at the same time, which uses the actual text of Scientology documents at its base. It’s a show for adults that kids happen to be performing in—but the kids are fully in on the joke. My team and I make sure to educate them and their parents. The kids have fun with it! I mean, how many times do children get the opportunity to play aliens like Lord Xenu on stage or sing about E-meters? It’s a really unforgettable experience. There’s no other show out there like it.” 
The cast features Henry Berry (Sound Of Music Tour) of Rumson, Timothy Yang (King and I on Broadway) of West Nyack, NY, Arjun Athalye of Secaucus, and Grace Brancato and Cameron Brancato of Rumson with more to be announced at a later date. 
The creative team includes Sean Pollock (Executive Producer/Director/Costume Designer), Vanessa Berry (Producer/Choreographer), Lauren Brancato (Music Direction), Jak Prince (Stage Management/Scenic Design/Lighting Design) and Drew Weinstein (Sound Design). 
WHERE Art House Productions | 262 17th St. | Jersey City, NJ 07310 
WHEN September 20, 21, 27, 28 at 7:30 pm September 22, 29 at 3:00pm 
RUNNING TIME 60 Minutes 
TICKET INFORMATION $15 for Under 30, $20 for Adults, $25 for Premium Seats Tickets available at 
CONTACT Sean Pollock / 973.902.3443 
CONNECT Visit Unattended Baggage's site, like UB on Facebook or follow on Instagram! Visit Art House Production’s site, like AH on Facebook or follow on Instagram!

“Last Days of Summer” George Street’s premiere production in state-of-the-art New Brunswick Performing Arts Center

“Last Days of Summer” will be George Street’s premiere  production in the state-of-the-art New Brunswick Performing Arts Center
Last Days of Summer—a new musical based on the best-selling novel by Steve Kluger—will kick off the landmark 2019/20 season at George Street Playhouse. This highly anticipated production, directed by Tony Award nominee Jeff Calhoun (Newsies on Broadway), will star Teal Wicks, following her performance as Lady Cher in Broadway’s The Cher Show, and Bobby Conte Thornton, known for A Bronx Tale on Broadway. 

It will also feature music by Grammy Award-winner Jason Howland (Little Women).  

Called an “audience-pleaser” by the Kansas City Star and “heartfelt...and delightfully scored” by BroadwayWorld during its 2018 premiere run at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Last Days of Summer arrives at George Street Playhouse this October. 

Tickets became available to the public August 19 and have already set sales records for the New Jersey arts organization as it prepares to move to the newly completed New Brunswick Performing Arts Center this fall. 

Teal Wicks
The cast will feature a number of Broadway favorites, including  Danny Binstock (Breakfast at Tiffany’s on Broadway), Don Stephenson (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder on Broadway), Mylinda Hull (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels on Broadway and George Street Playhouse’s world-premiere production of It Shoulda Been You, directed by David Hyde Pierce), Will Burton (Hello Dolly! on Broadway), and Christine Pedi, known for Chicago on Broadway and as a daily host of Sirius XM Radio’s “On Broadway” channel.

They are joined by a young cast featuring Julian Lerner (Nat’l Tour of Les Miserables) and Parker Weathersbee (Nat’l Tour of Les Miserables), in addition to Gilberto Moretti-Hamilton (Nat’l Tour of School of Rock), Sabatino Cruz (Astoria Performing Arts Center’s Caroline or Change), and Jeslyn Zubrycki

Rounding out the cast are Peter Saide, Sean Watkinson, Julio Rey, and Junior Mendez 

In this new musical featuring a cast of 16, Joe Margolis and his young son open an old box of letters that transport Joe back to his youth in Brooklyn and the summer of 1942—when young Joey and his best friend Craig are writing fan letters to their hero Charlie Banks, the star third baseman of the New York Giants. Amid the tumultuous events of World War II, Joey and Charlie forge an unlikely friendship that might be the very thing they both need. Last Days of Summer features a new score of Big-Band sounds and Jazz music of the era.

George Street Playhouse’s production features Set Design by Beowulf Boritt, Costume Design by Lauren Shaw, Lighting Design by Ken Billington, and Sound Design by Brian Ronan, with Musical Direction by Lon Hoyt and Casting by Tara Rubin Casting. Last Days of Summer is produced in association with Daryl Roth.

This production is sponsored by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.

Performances begin October 15. To purchase tickets, buy a subscription, or learn more about George Street Playhouse at the state-of-the-art New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, visit 

 About George Street Playhouse

Under the leadership of Artistic Director David Saint since 1998, and Kelly Ryman -- Managing Director since 2013, the Playhouse produces groundbreaking new works, inspiring productions of the classics, and hit Broadway plays and musicals that speak to the heart and mind, with an unwavering commitment to producing new work. As New Brunswick’s first producing theatre, George Street Playhouse became the cornerstone of the revitalization of the City’s arts and cultural landscape. With its 45-year history of producing nationally renowned theatre, the Playhouse continues to fill a unique theatre and arts education role in the city, state and greater metropolitan region.

Beginning with the 2019-20 Season, George Street Playhouse will move to the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center in downtown New Brunswick. Featuring two state-of-the-art theatres -- The Arthur Laurents Theater featuring 255 seats and The Elizabeth Ross Johnson Theater which seats 465-- and myriad amenities, the NBPAC will mark a new era in the esteemed history of George Street Playhouse.

Originally located in an abandoned supermarket on the corner of George and Albany Streets, George Street Playhouse was the first professional theatre in New Brunswick and played a major role in the revitalization of the downtown area.  In 1984, the Playhouse moved to a renovated YMCA on Livingston Avenue, and in 2017 took temporary residence in the former Agricultural Museum during construction of its new home.

The Playhouse has been well represented by numerous productions both on and off-Broadway, including the Outer Critics’ Circle Best Musical Award-winner The Toxic Avenger; the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Drama League nominated production of The Spitfire Grill; and the Broadway hit and Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning play Proof by David Auburn, which was developed at the Playhouse during the 1999 Next Stage Series of new plays. In 2015, It Shoulda Been You opened on Broadway and Joe DiPietro’s Clever Little Lies opened off-Broadway.  Both shows received their premieres at the Playhouse. In 2018, George Street Playhouse was represented on Broadway with Gettin’ the Band Back Together which premiered on the Playhouse mainstage in 2013.  American Son, produced by George Street Playhouse in 2017, opened on Broadway in 2018 starring Kerry Washington and Stephen Pasqual, and will be appearing on Netflix. 

In addition to the mainstage season, the Playhouse’s education department provides extensive programming for children, youth and adults.  Partnering with administrators and educators throughout New Jersey, the Playhouse provides unique education experiences that both reinforce classroom curriculum and investigate issues such as bullying, diversity, immigration, health and wellness, and the rising epidemic of opioid addiction. 

George Street Playhouse programming is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.  Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund.